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and afghanistan. the army ranger lost at hand and suffered shrapnel wounds when he threw a grenade away from fellow soldiers. >>> 38 militants were killed in pakistan after american missile strikes. pakistan was brought over 12 hours. relations between the u.s. and pakistan are already strained. earlier this week, the u.s. cut of $800 million in aid to pakistan. it turns out the taliban is claiming responsibility for the assassination of the half brother of the afghan president hamid karzai. ahmad wali karza was considered by many to be the most powerful man in afghanistan. his bodyguards killed the attacker. coming up on abc-seven usenews at noon new details in the privacy scandal affecting the world's biggest media mogul. and, a facelift for a local shelter. volunteers are making major changes. but first our >> fire officials are investigating a fire that destroyed a manhattan synagogue last night. firefighter suffered minor injuries when the roof collapsed. the fire left much of the upper east side blanketed in smoke. the historic synagogue was undergoing renovations, and now the congrega
presidential museum in grand rapids, michigan. >>> we turn overseas, now, and to afghanistan. where there were bold words were delivered by president obama's new defense secretary, leon panetta. on his first trip to afghan stay, about al qaeda, he said, i think we have them on the run. and that victory is, quote, within reach. abc's david kerley is in washington. >> reporter: having succeeded after nine, long years in the hunt for osama bin laden, the new defense secretary boldly says the u.s. is on the verge of defeating al qaeda. >> i think we have them on the run. >> reporter: but speaking to reporters on his way to afghanistan, panetta said timing is critical. >> i think now is the moment to put maximum pressure on them because i do believe that if we continue this effort, that we can really cripple al qaeda, as a threat to this country. >> reporter: here's why. with the killing of bin laden, u.s. forces recovered a treasure trove of intelligence. panetta revealed today they have been able to identify 10 to 20 al qaeda leaders who are based in 4 countries. >> if we can go after them, i thi
. >>> a soldier wounded in afghanistan is set to become only the second live in recipient ever of the medal of honor. president obama will tour the nation's highest military honor to sergeant first class leroy ptry. he was throwing a grenade away from a fellow soldiers in afghanistan. he lost a hand and suffered shrapnel wounds. >>> 75 degrees outside, 5:36. >> the end of an era for one source of information for local telephone customers. >> and pepco received a dubious distinction. but is the title fair? find out how you can weigh in on it. >> first, another check on traffic and weather every ten [ child's voice ] ooh, that looks good. [ child's voice ] can i have some? [ child's voice ] you guys should rock paper, scissors for it. ok. [ chuckles ] best of three? sure. one-two-three-shoot. one-two-three-shoot. [ scoff# ] one-two-three-shoot. one-two-three-shoot. one-two-three-shoot. one-two-three-shoot. i wi oh, man. [ muffled ] congratulations. [ male announcer ] get your own bbq pulled pork sub at subway®. tender, slow-cooked pork with irresistibly bold barbe
afghanistan and bin laden a the greek crisis. >> the president says he wants to get worng. at he wants us to get working. i cannot think of a better way than to have him come over today. we are waiting. >> senate minority leader mitch mcconnell. republicans were outraged by the president's remarks, outrage. one said that the president ought to come down and take of valium. but harry reid was listening. he canceled the senate's fourth of july holiday -- what a sacrifice. what do you make of the president's performance on wednesday, mark? >> the president recognizes two things. over the past 2.5 years democrats lost public debates on a major initiatives, the economic recovery and health care. they don't want to run the risk to this time. you have back to lay out what the consequences are recklessness and irresponsibility of even entertaining the possibility of letting this country default on its obligations. >> evan, what you make of it? >> you cannot be partisan about this. at least he is showing some energy. but he h got to be an arm twister behind the scenes, and he is not lyndon johnson
afghanistan and bin laden and the greekk crisis. >> the president says he wants to get working. at he wants us to get working. i cannot think of a b better way than to have him come over today. we are waiting. >> senate minority leader mitch mcconnell. republicans were outraged by the president's remarks, outrage. one said that the president ought to come down and take of valium. but harry reid was listening. he canceled the senate's fourth of july holiday -- what a sacrifice. what do you make of the president's performance on wednesday, mark? >> the president recognizes two things. over the past 2.5 years democrats lost public debates on a major initiatives, the economic recovery and health care. they don't want to run the risk to this time. you have back to lay out what the consequences are recklessness and irresponsibility of even entertaining the possibility of letting this countryry default on its obligations. >>>> evan, what you make of it? >> you cannot be partisan about this. at least he is showing some energy. but he has got to be an arm twister behind the scenes, and he is not lyndon
stationed in afghanistan is going on a date with the girl of his dreams. literally. she accepted over the weekend. the two will be going on a blind date to the ball in november. >> that is such a great story. >> who was your pick? >> i did not have a pick. >> just because it's an all-star break, it does not mean there is not baseball. ♪ ♪ stay inside? nah. not aven you have a five-star overall vehicle score for safety. one more reason chevy traverse delivers more. >>> the toyota sports desk brought to you by your local toyota dealers. moving you forward. >> when the country first galvanized around women's soccer there was a symbolic way to cap off the excitement. that was absent this time around. but it was not needed. with just 90 seconds left in what would -- perfect chip. her second goal of the world cup. a shoot out right there. the local girl gets the win. now they face france on wednesday. >> we are writing our own story. we will not go home without a fight. >> we are going to take all that included in our back pocket and move forward as a team. get ready for fran
stationed in afghanistan asked her out during youtube. >> i want to take a moment out of you to invite you to a marine corps ball. take a second. think about it. get back to me. >> chances are the last time mila kunis was asked on a blind date was one will splits are invited her to the white house correspondents' dinner. he is more famous than sergeant scott mohr but the sergeant had justin timberlake on his side during an interview. >> this needs to happen. do it for their country. >> i will do it for you. >> you do it for your country, justin timberlake. now this marine once you. >> you want to call out my girl mila? i am going to call you out and ask you to come to the marine corps ball with me. >> the corporal is the only female marine at the martial arts center for excellence at quantico. she is an instructor with a black belt. she sometimes does cage fights. she is a fan of justin timberlake. she got the idea to invite him after seeing him so enthusiastically tell his co- star to go. her friends set up a facebook page called let's get justin timberlake to the marine corps ball with k
war in the chapter of the war of afghanistan happened today. this comes as make a prepares to hand the potential security to afghan forces. >>> a major project has been delayed. >> the work was supposed to begin to date to be repaved the four-mile stretch between seminary road in silver spring. the project has been pushed forward to july 31. highway crews have begun three weeks of repaving work on southbound 95. that work will close one or two lanes at a time overnight. >>> if you think the parking rates are high in d.c., think again. new york city has the highest rates in the country. drivers pay up to $40 an hour. boston came in at number three. d.c. came in at number eight. >>> borders bookstores will begin the process of going out of business this week. since no company offered a deal to buy the book seller, borders will submit a liquidation plan on thursday. all 400 remaining stores will close and 11,000 workers will lose their jobs. they were unsuccessful in finding a company to buy the chain. not good news. >>> you have a couple of days' warning, as you can make plans. you'l
are for people in southern afghanistan. he had been accused of corruption, but his brother and suspended him. >>>-- defended him. >>> journalists cokie roberts will deliver the eulogy for former first lady betty ford. she will join several others to eulogize mrs. ford at a service tomorrow. >>> top lawmakers will return to the white house today to take another crack at reaching an agreement to raise the debt ceiling. with the default deadline nearly three weeks away there's little sign of bending by republicans or by president obama. he says that he will not sign any short-term extension. >>> starbucks has some new stuff. the fed breaks down how much the recession costs each one of us. >> for that and a preview of the trading day, linda bell is live at bloomberg headquarters in new york. >> we are technically out of the procession which lasted 18 months. but researchers at the federal reserve bank of san francisco says it has cost more than $7,000 per person in lost consumption. that's about $175 a month. stock-index futures indicating it could be another down day for the market averages. an
>>> more than 20% of soldiers returning from afghanistan suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. a new research suggests that one way to combat the symptoms lies within the mind. >> 27-year-old david george was deployed to iraq and sleeping in his caught when a car bomb exploded 25 yards away. >> i turned the lights on and i saw a white cloud that billowed into the room. all the windows were blown out at that point. then i started screaming. >> since then, he has struggled with ptsd. he is often anxious, angry, and oppressed. >> i was pretty sure i would shoot myself. >> when he came back, he was not the boy that i raised pit >> medications and therapy did not tell. but then he joined a steady four vets with ptsd using transcendental meditation a practice involving repeating a mantra. >> from then on, i knew what i would do for the rest of my life. it made me feel. it was the greatest sense that i lost. >> it has been published in this month's "military medicine." >> it has a 50% reduction in symptoms. >> he says that transcendental meditation settles down nervous systems. >> people be
. it was one of the most powerful people in afghanistan. he was accused of being involved in drug -- drug trafficking. >>> a soldier wounded in afghanistan is only the second living recipients of the medal of honor. he will be awarded this afternoon. he lost a hand and suffered shrapnel wounds when he threw a grenade away from fellow soldiers. he was very heroic. >>> at least two people from our area are among those killed in a triple fatal car crash in new jersey. a car ran off of 295 south of philadelphia last night, hit a tree and burst into flames. >> two people were killed along with another victim. >>> we are monitoring a developing story coming in from maryland. state police issued an amber alert for an 8-year-old child who might have been adopted. -- abducted. derek brown jr. was last seen in baltimore at 6:30 yesterday. police believe he was conducted by two men. was wearing black shorts and a black t-shirt and they had on a red and white rocket on the front of the shirt. police believe the suspects are driving a new or light green ford taurus with maryland attacks. >>> families
in afghanistan, asking their commander whether they get paid is really shameful. >> yes. >> what are the choices that are going to be made if this doesn't come through as you hope? >> well, it's really unthinkable. i think the scepter you raised is one of f e reasons i think there's so much urgency on capitol hill this morning. >> what are the tough choices and what will be paid? >> first of all, our focus now is on solving this. you know, we don't have much time left. a little over 60 hours, i guess. we've got to get this solved. >> and, you know, at the last hours, people are looking for off ramps. there is no off ramp here. the only option for congress to raise the debt ceiling and sign the initial deficit reduction savings into law. obviously, if congress isn't able to act, the treasury department has to brief people affected and will obviously do that. the focus has to be driving toward some conclusion. i think the american people are sitting home saying, they've gone through this recession, many lost jobs, many working two jobs, they are helping family helps who have been affected. they ar
you to do that? >> i have friends and folks who i knew over in iraq and afghanistan. i had buddies who had huge student debt, people got kicked off their health insurance plans for one reason or another. that was my decision to get involved on a personal level. >> reporter: i know this is your whole thing that you're not any different than anybody else who works here. >> it's true. i don't mean to sound boring. it's the reality of our day to day. >> reporter: it is different. you put your career in hollywood very high profile one, you know, you work in some movies that have made a lot of money. >> if you talk to the numbers of staffers here that have families and multiple kids at home and you talk about folks who have been working jobs that they worked their lives for and took a break for two years and are not making as much money as they had before and putting their family life on hold, those are the real stories. >> reporter: i guess we should cancnc the segment right now. >> i would say do the segment on everybody else. i really do think that. i think that that's what kind of keeps
that the paper hacked voice mails of the families of british soldiers killed in iraq and afghanistan. paul mcmullen was a reporter and editor at "news of the world." >> it was certainly a really commonplace practice. >> reporter: this scandal reaches beyond the murdoch empire revealing that london police were selling the paper's scoops in exchangee for bribes. there are even allegations that the prime minister, a close friend of murdoch turned a blind eye even though he knew what was going on. >> while the chief engineer of the world's largest sea bridge opened in china and insisting it is safe he is denying accusations that construction was rushed so that the bridge could be open in time for the communist party's 90th anniversary. medial reports found incomplete crash barriers and loose nuts on guardrails. >>> to diane sawyer's exclusive interview with jaycee dugard who endured the unimaginable and emerged with powerful lessons on love and life. in her own words. >> this is how she looked the last time we saw her, a little girl with a name out of a storybook, jaycee lee dugard, 11, who loved
then the commander in afghanistan and the current cia director. >> is difficult but not impossible to shoot down either general petraeus or the president's plane. the reality is because of the counter measures and other planes and helicopters in the air, not a likely scenario. >> investigators do not believe the planning got very far. >>> is a major step forward in the rebel struggle to topple moammar khaddafi. u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton says the white house has decided to recognize the rebels as libya's legitimate government. more than 30 nations joined the u.s. in calling the national transitional council libya's legitimate leader. that means the u.s. will be able to fund the opposition. the rebel advance has stalled for weeks despite nato air strikes in support. >>> casey anthony will get her first taste of freedom in two days but hurt legal troubles are far from over. a judge is hearing a defamation lawsuit against her in an orlando courtroom. a woman says she malign her reputation when she made up a baby sitter and name and claimed she kidnapped her two-year-old daughter. this
are remembering the true meaning of independence day. ♪ >> the soldiers in the southeastern corner of afghanistan took part in a flag-raising ceremony. they were sent to afghanistan as part of president obama's troop surge. >>> the sacrifice so many have made in the fight for freedom a stark indication this morning that more americans are unaware of the very origins of this holiday. listen to this. a new poll finds that 42% of americans don't know the u.s. declared independence, 1776, folks, and 24% don't know that we declared independence from the british. >> come on. >> i categorically cannot accept that. >> there you go. >> unbelievable. >>> unbelievable. although this is of course, independence day, fourth of july. we're desperate for one day of great weather. we turn to you, stephanie roberts in today for sam. for the very latest. stephanie. >> good morning. no pressures, since you have to deliver a good fireworks forecast to the nation. yesterday, some very rough weather. moving through the d.c. area. in fact, one fatality from a tree falling on a man riding his bike. you can see folks evac
ceremonies on iraq and afghanistan, who are americans who are there, illegal immigrants now becoming americans as a result of their service to our country. there's many ways to serve our country. allow these people to serve. i think it would be to america's enrichment. >> on that note, thank you all so much. when we return, struggling to save the american dream as wall street pulls in record profit main street tries to survive. and the gap between rich and poor grow, even wider. we'll take you to one city fighting back. grows. we'll take you to one city fighting back. e. turn it up in a malibu. 33 mpg, over 500 highway miles a tank. one of our 9 models over 30 mpg highway. fuel up, rock on. very well qualified lessees can get a low mileage lease on a chevy malibu ls for around $179 a month. fuel economy based on epa estimates. count on chevy for more out of every mile. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] and just like that, it's here. a new chance for all of us: people, companies, communities to face the challenges yesterday left behind and the ones tomorrow will bring. prudential. bring your
hacked voice mails of the families of britain's soldiers killed in iraq and afghanistan. for celebrities that saw their cell phones illegally hackck and been exposed to people offal worlrl finally people wewere listening. actor hugh grant smoke out on the bbc. >> you didn't care who got hurt as long as you were able to sell your newspaper. >> reporter: that's paul mcmullin, for more than a decade, a reporter and editor at "the news of the world." >> would you stop at anything to get the story? you would do anything. >> even breaking the law? >> absolutely. >> reporter: we learned they made it an industry, allegedly bribing police for scoops and hacking as many as 4,000 people's phones. on friday, the arrests began starting with andy colson former editor of "the news of the world" and he would become spokesman for david cameron. he now conceive thad maybe politicians and police have been a little too cozy with the press baron. >> we've all been in this together. party leaders were so keen to win the support of newspapers we turned a blind eye to the neat to sort this issue. the people in
bell. >>> well, a marine serving in afghanistan just proves that all you have to do is ask and you shall receive. >> you just never know. sergeant scott moore posted a youtube invited "black swan" star mila kunis to attend. with the urging of his co-star justin timberlake she said yes. >> worthy date. i think that's great. >>> coming up next the stories we'll follow later on today from the friends and dig thatties who say good-bye to betty ford. >>> to the momentous task of the "atlantis" astronauts. we'll be right back. to deal with the sadness, the loss of interest, the lack of energy. male announcer ] ask your doctor about pristiq -- a prescription medicine proven to treat depression. pristiq is thought to work by affecting the levels of two chemicals in the brain -- serotonin and norepinephrine. tell your doctor right away if your depression worsens or you have unusual changes in mood, behavior, or thoughts of suicide. anti-depressants can increase suicidal thoughts and behaviors in children, teens, and young adults. pristiq is not approved for children under 18. do not take pr
not sell and do not use fireworks. >> reporter: in afghanistan, u.s. service members celebrated america's birthday with cake. >> it's an honor to serve our country. >> reporter: and, of course, it wouldn't be fourth of july without hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill. in new york, some people went a little overboard. competitive eater joey chestnut scarfed 62 hot dogs in ten minutes and won the contest. >> came out to win, did what i had to do. might be in n e pepto-bismol later. >> reporter: in the first women's competition sonya thomas took home the competition eating 40 hot dogs in 10 minutes. >> i can eat something else later. reporter: karen travers, abc news. >> little thing. >> joey
by a fallen seasonal's family. they knew he adopted a stray dog in afghanistan. how they located the pup and flew her to their hometown, sight unseen. this is a wonderful story about a man's best friend. >> dedication to dogs and pets in our lives, which many people really think is worthwhile. incredible partners. >> and how important they are for soldiers and service people serving overseas. they really develop this tight bond with their pets. >> i think a very few of us can really understand. great story comingngp there. >>> first, tea party favorite michele bachmann has zoomed to the top of the polls as she campaigns for president in iowa. >> but there are questions about how the counseling center she and her husband run back in minnesota are run. an outside group took undercover video inside the center after bachmann's husband denied he tries to cure gay people. abc correspondent brian ross has details. >> reporter: michele bachmhmn tells supporters her husband marcus has been the key to her 33 years of happy marriage. >> i have a very big advantage because marcus has his ph.d. in co
and afghanistan. >> it as $2.7 trillion increase in the debt ceiling with highly suspect spending reduction features. >> reporter: with a week to go until the august 2nd deadline when the government runs out of money, this exercise in capital brinksmanship is literally spending the treasury down to its last dollars. >> we've been hearing for weeks about this augusted 2 deadline but apparently the feds may have this extra cash. the government could pay its bills past august 2nd but still it doesn't really make this any less intense. >> thanks to a little number crunching by the treasury department, there does seem to be a little leeway. it still needs to get done. >> some deal hopefully in the works, we'll see. >>> one side effect of the big debt battle believe it or not is an increase in airline fares. they were put in place last weekend to make up for taxes that expired because washington just can't get its act together with anger over the increases now growing, some senators are demanding that airlines either roll them back or use the money to support aviation projects. keep in mind if yo
and afghanistan. somewhere in america, there's a doctor who can peer into the future. there's a nurse who can access in an instant every patient's papa. and because the whole hospital's working together, there's a family who can breathe easy, right now. somewhere in america, we've already answered some of the nation's toughest healthcare questions. and the over 60,000 people of siemens are ready to do it again. siemens. answers. >>> that's it for our program today. thank you for watching and we'll see you next week.
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. in the news, the country's highest ranking military officer is in afghanistan promoting president obama's order to withdraw troops. admiral mike mullin said drawing down the troops can be done without risk. >>> and the first trees donated by the september 11th memorial have been planted where flight 93 crashed in pennsylvania. all 40 trees will be planted, one for each victim on that flight. >>> a mississippi man, this is a weird one. was arrested for letting his 8-year-old son drive, while he, the father, was asleep, allegedly drunk in the passenger seat. state troopers were called when they saw the pickup driving air radically. the man's 4-year-old daughter was also in the car. >> and finally, some penguins at the san francisco zoo have rejojoed their colony after graduating from fish school, fish school. the penguins spent the past month learning how to swim and interact with people. it's time for the weather and casey curry from the abc 13 station in houston, casey. >> good morning, ron. we'll talk quickly about the tropics. yesterday it was about tropical storm don. don is gone, bu
. >>> overseas now, despite reports of major progress by american forces in afghanistan, there's new evidence that the war is more violent than ever. the u.n. says that civilian deaths are up 15% this year compared to last year's record high. it comes just as the u.s. hands over more security duties to afghan forces. >>> and former first lady betty ford will be laid to rest today alongside her husband at his presidential museum in michigan. thousands gathered to pay their final respects wednesday after ford's casket arrived from california. >>> and the theater where david letterman tapes his show has been vandalized for a second time this week. a florida man was arrested overnight accused of shattering glass on the front doors of the ed sullivan theater. another man was picked up sunday after doing essentially the same thing breaking several of the same windows in an admittedly drunken rampage. now diane sawyer with a preview of tonight's "world news." diane? >> and hello again, josh. hope it's a great week so far. tonight, we are going to crown one of our viewers a made in market all-star. j
in may 2008. afghanistan, his seventh tour of duty. these pictures from before he found out what he was made of. with the true sign of that today being a ceremony, a certain discomfort at the attention. >> to be singled out is very humbling. >> reporter: perhaps, yes, for a kid who used to get into fights and who almost failed in high school. but who out there picked up a live enemy grenade to toss it away to save his comrades. it cost him his right hand. but he's alive, rare for medal of honor winners who usually are honored posthumously. but there's also this. leroy petrie decided he's not done. and when he reenlisted he took the oath with his right hand. his new one. john donvan, abc news, washington. >> you know the med of a of honor was given yesterday on the award's 149th anniversary. president lincoln signed the medal of honor act in 1862. >> also he's now been assigned to a military base near tacoma, washington, where he's going to help other war veterans as well to transition back into everyday civilian life which is really difficult for a lot of veterans. >> still keeps on
in afghanistan. staffers are also accused of paying off police f f stories. arrests are sasa to be imminent. >>> now here's diane sawyer with a preview of nighghs "world news." diane? >> well, josh, as we've been talking this morning, tonight on "world news," jaycee dugard i i going to speak for the first time about 18 years of captivity. she was 11 years old when she was taken. horrible sexual abuse and she will talk emotionally about the birth of her child and also what it means to survive. lessons for us all about loving our lives every single day and that is coming up tonight on "world news," josh. >> thank you, diane. an extraordinary thing to wrap your mind around. you sat with her earlier. diane has the first interview with jaycee dugard. it is going to be absolutely compelling. >> it will be. thank you, josh. >>> let's check in now with the buzziest showbiz headlines and trends. lara at the board. >> let's get to it. time for our pop news heat index measuring the hottest, the coolest stories making the rounds today. and starting it off, harry potter, after eight films in 10 years an
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